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Stan Garfield
Northville, MI
Community Evangelist at Deloitte
Interests: Knowledge Manager, author, house concert host, sports fan, dining enthusiast, music lover, reader, walker, and card player
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Food posts from profilic blogger Bill Ives Barbecue of the US South: Part Two Louisiana vs. Texas BBQ Music and Food Restaurant Picks by City - includes lists from Stan Garfield for: Ann Arbor, Michigan Detroit, Michigan Northern Michigan St. Louis, Missouri Tampa, Florida Western Michigan Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2013 at Foodie Craze
If Detroit has an area of the city that deserves recognition as a comeback corridor, it is the Corktown historic district. Recognized as the oldest neighborhood in Detroit (1834), this is the area where the Carhartt Manufacturing plant was built around 1892 (three years after the founding of the company) at the corner of Michigan and 10th Street. It stood for many years in the shadows of another Detroit landmark – Tiger Stadium (originally Navin Field). Over the years this part of town has been identified by a 20-story vacant building built in 1912 that was once a central hub... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2013 at Foodie Craze
John, thanks so much for this. I agree completely. I also suggest one more: 12. Be bold!
About a month ago I had the pleasure of visiting Portland, Maine. It had been a while since I have spent any time in the downtown. Portland is a gem of a city. There is an eclectic vibe, as bars, restaurants, dives, diners, and shops all tumble on top of each other. The city has done a credible job retaining and repurposing many of the classic old buildings. From the Waterfront District all the way up the hill, there are classic buildings and inviting joints to venture into. History has dealt Portland an interesting hand to play. The area was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I had the pleasure of visiting Brattleboro, Vermont a few weeks ago. This was right before Mother Nature, in the form of Irene, tried to wash this fair city away. A few Carhartt colleagues and I were paying a visit to one of our iconic partners, Sam’s Outdoor Outfitters. This is a store which started as an Army Navy Surplus store in 1932. It was founded by Samuel Borofsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant. Today it is a third-generation family-owned business which features one of the most comprehensive collections of outdoor gear and apparel in the entire New England area. I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2011 at Foodie Craze
Several years ago a friend and colleague from Carhartt promised to take me to Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, New Jersey. This is one of my bucket list dives and I looked forward to the visit. Fast forward several years and Charlie Siracusa came through for me. This past month we were travelling in New Jersey to award our good friends at Flemington Department store in Flemington, NJ a Hamilton Carhartt award for retail excellence. A slight detour north would place us in Clifton in time for a couple of rippers! Rutt’s Hut was founded in 1928 by Abe Rutt and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I happened to be heading down I-85 not too long ago with a couple of compatriots from Carhartt. I requested that we pull off at the Gaffney exit and head into town. Gaffney is a typical sleepy little town that could be anywhere in the US. It happens to be in South Carolina. It is the kind of town that dried up just a little bit more when the interstate came through many years ago. It has turned into one of those cities that try to eke out an existence by hiring some hotshot planner to redevelop the downtown area... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2011 at Foodie Craze
New Orleans Restaurant Update May 2011 by Bill Ives Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2011 at Foodie Craze
In a way, a recent trip to Clarkston, Michigan caused me to spend four days in Texas. I ventured to Clarkston to check out the Detroit Free Press restaurant of the year. The Union Woodshop was touted as having great BBQ. Imagine that, great BBQ in a BBQ wasteland! It appeared that we were finally going to get some BBQ to crow about in Michigan! I really did want to love this place. I tried a cross-section of the menu. Pulled pork, brisket, smoked chicken, sausage, a wood-fired pizza (kind of a giveaway that BBQ isn’t what they are all... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I am breaking one of my own rules by writing about a place that actually has white linen table cloths on its tables. I trust that you will forgive me if you ever have the opportunity to visit this special place! A drive down Michigan Avenue from Dearborn into the bowels of Detroit is always an interesting ride. One is stuck by the dilapidated store fronts which have been boarded up for years. Each building has a story to tell. Next to a burned out building you will find an entrepreneur opening a small clothing store or a food market.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I found myself in Seattle recently and did not have time to run to my favorite haunts downtown or out at the Ballard Locks. I called my sister to find a joint and she steered me to 13 Coins close to SeaTac. She told me it was a 24-hour-a-day diner that offered pancakes all day as well as perfectly done steak Sinatra. I was on my way! It took me awhile to find it, as it is located on the ground floor of a rather innocuous looking office building right across from the airport. I think had it been dark... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I had the pleasure of visiting the Carhartt distribution center in Hanson, Kentucky not too long ago. Hanson is like the very little brother of Madisonville, which is right next door. The town was founded in 1869 and named for Henry Hanson. Henry might have had a plan, as he is the guy who laid out the town for the railroad. He might have sneaked one in on the bosses back in Nashville. The town flourished for several years as a tobacco center. Did you ever hear of the Hanson Twist? I hadn’t either, and no one could really show... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2011 at Foodie Craze
Denver has a lineup of joints that I really enjoy. 20th St Café, Rocky Mountain Diner, Root Down, Tom’s Home Cooking, The Cricket, Wazee Supper Club, Wynkoop Brewery, 9th Door, just to name a few. Denver seems to have more than its share of comfort food places. While recently in Denver I was introduced to yet another comfort food house, Steuben’s, which opened its doors in 2006. It is located on the 17th street strip hard by other joints such as Park & Company, Hamburger Mary’s, Mona’s, and Rizaggio’s. Denver is full of neighborhoods where you can park your car... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Foodie Craze
While driving on West Valley Highway in Kent, Washington recently, I pulled a u-turn at the sight of a sign which read “Cave Man Kitchen.” Heck, who wouldn’t stop when they see a sign like that? Tucked in between the Circle K Mobile Home Park, the Goody Goody Mart, and a car wash sat an unassuming building that looked like a double-wide with another trailer attached to the front of it. The side yard had a number of picnic tables in various states of disrepair. It is interesting to note that people were eating at the picnic tables on a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2011 at Foodie Craze
I was going to hold off on writing this month’s edition of the Dive of the Month until I visited Philadelphia next week. A return to Tony Luke’s is on the agenda! After going through my dive files, I came upon some notes from a BBQ joint in Kansas City that deserves its just rewards. When I read a menu and my mouth starts watering it is time to write it up! Those who have followed the Dive of the Month for the past few years know of my love of BBQ. Though there is indeed BBQ all over North... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Stan Garfield is now following Ann and Joan
Oct 21, 2010
October 2010 Dive of the Month: Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco By Steve Carter If you don’t mind trudging up and down hills, overpaying for hotels, putting up with tourists from seemingly every corner of the world, and having to deal with a constant cold damp fog, well then, San Francisco is the place for you! I can put up with any of the above to have the opportunity to visit some of the best dives around. For those of you who have visited San Francisco, or are lucky enough to live in its environs, you know what a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Which dining delicacies distinguish your city or town? In other words, if someone is visiting from somewhere else, what local food specialties would you recommend to them as indicative of your regional cuisine, and which are either unavailable or not as good elsewhere? I came up with an acronym to remember Detroit's dining delicacies, and challenged some of my foodie friends to do the same for their locales. Here are five offerings. Feel free to comment to offer similar acronyms for your home town. 1. Detroit by Stan Garfield MAGIC JOHNSON (the college and NBA basketball star from nearby Lansing... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Dive of the Month By Steve Carter Lou Boccardi's, St. Louis, Missouri I had the pleasure of taking a trip across Missouri this past month with a few Carhartt associates. We started off in St. Louis and ended up in Kansas City. As you can imagine, while the trip was all about visiting some great Carhartt retail partners, we also hit some of my favorite joints from my old stomping grounds. The trip was bookended by Lou Boccardi’s in St. Louis and Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City. In between these bookends we also visited Ted Drewes in St. Louis, Quinton’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Dive of the Month By Steve Carter Cadieux Café, Detroit, Michigan Tucked away on the east side of Detroit sits a hidden gem. The Cadieux Café is one of the most eclectic joints in town. To understand the vibe of this place, you have to go back to the 1930s, when the Cadieux Feather Bowling Club was founded in Detroit. This was a place for the Belgian community to enjoy a favorite pastime from their native country. Feather bowling is more like bocce ball, shuffleboard, or even curling then it is like bowling. The court has dirt-packed, 60-foot concave lanes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Dive of the Month By Steve Carter Frank Pepe Pizza Napoletana - New Haven, Connecticut I recently had the opportunity to drive from Detroit to Cape Cod. I decided to take my time and stop at local joints along the way and visit a few Carhartt retail partners. I could write a short book about the trip – the places I visited and the great dives I visited. Fortunately for you, I am not allowed that much space in this monthly column! Suffice it to say I found that in flying from city to city, a lot is missed. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Foodie Craze
My sisters, Joan Garfield and Ann Olszewski, have started a new blog. Here are their first three posts. Raisins and Almonds - Descriptions of our cooking and culinary adventures, at home in Ohio and Minnesota, and around the world. Melt-in-your-mouth raisin and almond cookies Summer vegetable curry with raisins and almonds Our culinary heritage Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Wild Orchid - Hamilton, Ontario by Steve Carter This month we head up north to visit our Canadian friends. Canada has several cities of note. Most of us tend to think of Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver when we think of Canadian cities. While those cities are certainly wonderful in their own right, I have a new favorite Canadian town. Hamilton, Ontario is today thought of as the halfway point between Toronto and Buffalo by many people. On the road, one tends to look at the steel plants belching smoke and fire and dismiss the thought of taking the Hamilton exit.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2010 at Foodie Craze
Hygrade Deli and Mudgie’s Deli by Steve Carter This month I bring a close to my Detroit Deli Quest. I visited 13 delis, and there are many more that I will be visiting over the next year or so. I need a break. I have discovered excellent corned beef. I have learned about the corned beef legend, Sy Ginsberg, from many sources. I have discovered that great crusty rye bread is still served in this town. I have come to understand the beauty of egg salad prepared with love. I truly believe that if we could bring world leaders to... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Foodie Craze
By Steve Carter I had the pleasure of visiting Indianapolis for the Final Four Basketball Tournament this month. There is no doubt that Indiana is hoops crazy. Tens of thousands of fans filled the streets and the talk was all about basketball. T-shirts from every imaginable school from Maine to California were worn with pride throughout the city. From downtown to Broad Ripple, the talk was all about Butler University, the school with an enrollment of 4500 attempting to beat the goliaths of college basketball. While they came up just a tick short, it was clear that they won the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Foodie Craze